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'Halt And Catch Fire' & 'The Rover' Star Scoot McNairy Joins 'Batman v. Superman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2014 2:33 PM
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Scott McNairy, Dawn of Justice
Scoot McNairy is the best actor right now that no one has heard of. Incredibly versatile, deeply talented and something of a chameleon too, he's quietly racked up a CV of films that includes Gareth Edwards' breakout "Monsters," Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave," David Michôd's "The Rover," the upcoming "Frank," and that has all led to a starring role in the new AMC series "Halt & Catch Fire." And now, McNairy is making the blockbuster leap.

Watch: Tell Everyone Everything In New Trailer For Michael Fassbender's 'Frank'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 1:28 PM
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Frank
Ever since it premiered at Sundance, we've been openly sharing our love for "Frank" and that's because it's one of the most unique comedies of the year and, particularly if you're a music fan or musician, a picture that'll have a bit of extra resonance. But even if not, it's got a killer ensemble all doing top-notch work in a movie that nails its big ambitions.

Review: David Michôd's 'The Rover' Starring Robert Pattinson & Guy Pearce Is A Bleak & Compelling Apocalypse Tale

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 12, 2014 12:30 PM
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The Rover
Having proven with the terrific “Animal Kingdom” that he could take a potentially small story of desperate men and blow it up into something much grander, David Michôd attempts something like the opposite with “The Rover,” taking the epic, sweeping backdrop of a post-apocalyptic, dusty Australian desert, and turning in a tiny two-hander road movie that is as spartan as its predecessor was operatic.

Watch: Discover The Idiot Shriek In New Clip From Michael Fassbender's 'Frank'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2014 3:46 PM
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Frank, Sundance
What more do we have to tell to convince you to see "Frank" when it opens later this summer? We called it a “terrific and sublime experience" when we saw it at the Sundance Film Festival, and have brought you trailers, interviews and the single “I Love You All” and more from the movie. And today, we have another two-minute clip, and yes, it's an excuse to remind you this is coming and you need to see it.

Watch: 2 New Clips from Michael Fassbender Dark Comedy ‘Frank’ Showcases Tensions On The Road

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 13, 2014 12:01 PM
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Frank, Gyllenhaal, Fassbender
An unexpected hit out of Sundance, where we called it a “terrific and sublime experience," Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank” has since gathered momentum on its way to a theatrical release via continued positive buzz, as well as a strong promotional push of its odder elements. We’ve already seen a host of trailers, interviews and the single “I Love You All” from the film, and now you can add two new clips to the bunch that give a sense of its strange and singular rhythms.

Watch: Scoot McNairy Explains Michael Fassbender's Gigantic Head In Clip From The Offbeat British Comedy 'Frank'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 8, 2014 3:54 PM
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Scoot McNairy, Frank, Fassbender
You ever hear some indie pop tune and you knew in a perfect world it would be a #1 hit, but because of the way major label infrastructure with radio and music video channels worked, you knew it was destined to be a cult hit song that only you, your friends and a whole bunch of other likeminded people across the nation would cherish? That’s kind of akin to “Frank,” a movie, that in a perfect world would be a big hit.

Watch: First Teaser For AMC's Next Hit Series Hopeful 'Halt And Catch Fire' Starring Scoot McNairy & Lee Pace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 10:37 AM
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Halt And Catch Fire
Remember "Low Winter Sun"? Yeah, that didn't quite work out, but luckily for AMC, they've got a few more cards up their sleeve to replace the now finished "Breaking Bad," and the soon to be finished "Mad Men," as the next big hit on the network. And what's most intriguing to us is "Halt And Catch Fire."

Watch: First Trailer For Art Rock Comedy 'Frank' Starring Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson & Maggie Gyllenhaal

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 6, 2014 1:39 PM
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Frank, Sundance
An unexpected little treat has arrived on the eve of SXSW: the trailer for “Frank,” one of our favorite films from the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, “Frank” is a wickedly funny yet poignant look at outsider art, misfits, freaky rock n’ roll and more. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”), the film is loosely based on the story of Chris Sievey, aka Frank Sidebottom, an English musician who became notorious for always wearing a giant papier–mache head whenever he played live.

Review: 'Non-Stop,' Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Corey Stoll And Scoot McNairy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 26, 2014 12:17 PM
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Liam Neeson, Non-Stop
Since 2009's surprise hit "Taken," Liam Neeson, an actor formerly known for his serious performances in things like "Schindler's List" and "Michael Collins," has taken up residence as a go-to action icon. In the last few years he's been "Taken" twice (with a third installment on the way), battled a nasty nest of aquatic aliens in "Battleship," and been mercilessly hunted by a pack of wild wolves in the admirably grim "The Grey." With his massive frame and his gravelly voice that sounds like he's continually just finished off several dozen cigarettes, he's the rare action star who actually seems like he could handle the preposterous situations he's dealt. And in his latest thriller, "Non-Stop," that situation is pretty preposterous indeed: this time the star is cast as an alcoholic air marshal accused of hijacking a transatlantic flight. Thankfully, no wolves are on the plane.

Watch: Liam Neeson Takes Flight In 4 New Clips From 'Non-Stop'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 11, 2014 10:02 AM
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We've covered Liam Neeson's upcoming “Non-Stop” before here as “Taken on a Plane,” because really, how else do you describe it? Bryan Mills is practically a goddamn anagram of Bill Marks, Neeson's character name in this one, and it's directed by Jaume Collet-Sera, who made what film historians now refer to as the first “Taken” retread, “Unknown,” back in 2011. Anyway, if you urgently desire to hear Neeson's half-Irish half-whisper meting out more threats, you'll be able to February 28th.

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